May 2019 Newsletter

Are You Ready to Bring Approval Voting to St. Louis?

Last year, you helped us empower voters in Fargo with approval voting. This year, we’re super excited to announce that we’ll be supporting another approval voting ballot initiative in St. Louis, Missouri! St. Louis has seen elections rife with vote splitting, and their residents are ready for something better. With a population of over 300,000, St. Louis will truly put approval voting on the map! Alongside our local partner, St. Louis Approves, we’ll be running an education campaign to make sure the public understands what approval voting is and how it can empower them.

We can’t wait to help bring approval voting to a major US city, but to do so, we need your help! For every $5 you donate, we can educate 20 St. Louisans about the benefits of approval voting. And that’s the key to victory. What we learned last fall in Fargo is that people aren’t against approval voting; they just don’t know what it is. Can you help us reach more St. Louisans?

CES staff and supporters on an outing

We Want to Meet You and Chat about Voting Methods!

Last month, we had the pleasure of spreading the word about approval voting to lots of interested folks in Seattle, including the League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County, the Seattle Effective Altruists, and the Seattle Green Party. A special thank you to our amazing supporter Tim Swast who organized a CES presentation at Google! 

We couldn’t do this without your support, Janice, so thank you for enabling us to educate people about better voting methods—one city at a time.

On that note, we’ll be visiting several cities across the US in the coming months, and we want to meet with you while we’re there! 

RSVP Now to Join Us!
STL Approves Fundraiser in St. Louis
6/20: CES Lunch Social in San Francisco
7/9: CES Happy Hour in Boston/Cambridge
7/10: Exclusive Dinner with Dr. Steven Brams in NYC
7/14: CES Social Event in Philadelphia
7/15: CES Happy Hour in Washington, DC

Volunteer with us at Netroots or FreedomFest!

CES Staff and Board at an Event

Are you already planning to attend Netroots Nation or FreedomFest this July? If so, consider volunteering with us! Our team will be staffing a booth in the exhibit halls, and we would love to have passionate supporters help out.

If you’re interested, email Caitlyn for more information! 

Netroots Nation: July 11-13 in Philadelphia, PA
FreedomFest: July 17-20 in Las Vegas, NV

Test Your Voting Method Knowledge!

Last month, Emily Church, Teppo Salonen, and Doug Dysart each won a FREE approval voting sticker by passing the Voting Methods 101 Quiz! Think you know voting methods? Give it a try! Here’s this month’s question:

Which of the following is a semi-proportional voting method?

(A) Asset Voting (B) Cumulative Voting (C) Reweighted Score Voting
(D) Bloc Plurality Voting

Donor Spotlight: Investing in Efficiency

CES donor Jordon Kalilich describes America’s “political shutdown” and how his passion for computers connects with approval voting in our latest Donor Spotlight.

Volunteer Spotlight: Approval Voting Army

CES supporter and volunteer Dakota Rhodes describes why she decided to reduce her hours at work to campaign for approval voting in our latest Volunteer Spotlight.